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The order of things...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Landy67, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. I'm sure this has been covered a million times already, but I think I need remedial instruction. I'm trying to connect a compressor, Loop Pedal, Chorus, Delay and a recorder.

    How do you decide which ones get connected before the amp, and which ones go in the Effects Loop?

    My guess is, the compressor has to go first because it needs to work on the pure un-amplified signal from the bass. The Loop Pedal,and the recorder (Boss BR-800 Recording deck) go into the Effects Loop with the recorder being the last in the chain.

    Where do the other effects go, and how do you decide which ones go in front of the pre-amp, and which ones go after? Is there a general rule of thumb?
  2. rberry7777

    rberry7777 Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Mine is mxr dyna comp (I know-but it works for me used judiciously original mid 70's unit I rehabbed) into behringer bass distortion into ultimate drive distortion(the ultimate is for tube edge and the behringer can do monstrous things) TC electronics Hall of Fame reverb into Dano fab delay and Dano fab flanger. Experiment on your own then be prepared to change it when you go live. Have at it!
  3. I'm trying to figure out which pieces go before the input, and which go in the effects loop.

    Is there a general guideline? How do you know which one goes where?
  4. no hard and fast right way...

    I usually run comp, eq, dirt, filters before an amp, and time based effects in the loop or after (delay, reverb).

    Other effects, it depends...phaser, flanger, chorus, ring mod, pitch shift, synth usually after the amp. sometimes I use phaser, flanger or chorus before the amp; sometimes eq after the amp or at the end. I experiment with these.

    noise gate usually after whatever is noisiest.
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  6. Most effects loops are for line level gear. Pedals are instrument level and usually sound/work better just plugging them straight into the amp.

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